Five Must Watch CM Punk Matches

CM Punk (Photo by John Wolfsohn/Getty Images)
CM Punk (Photo by John Wolfsohn/Getty Images) /

CM Punk returned to professional wrestling on Friday night with All Elite Wrestling, appearing on AEW Rampage in his hometown of Chicago. The signing of CM Punk to AEW is the biggest signing for the company to date. Since Friday, the level of mainstream attention that CM Punk has brought to AEW has been WWE star power level press. Punk was all about business and making it known that he wants to work with the young talent in the AEW locker room. CM Punk will wrestle Darby Allin in his first match back at AEW “All Out,” a pay-per-view event on September 5th in Chicago.

AEW never announced that CM Punk was appearing on the show, which made the world of professional wrestling even crazier because it had been years since a surprise this big happened. AEW was able to sell out the United Center for its biggest live attendance ever based on a rumor that CM Punk would debut. CM Punk is a legend, and AEW made sure to show that he still had power in the world of professional wrestling in his AEW debut. In this article, I will be discussing the five CM Punk matches that fans should go back and watch.


CM Punk Vs. Mysterio Vs. Guerrero sounds like a dream match that would happen on a video game, but this is a match that happened. It was a weird time for all three wrestlers, but they delivered a great match. The IWA Champion CM Punk had the chance to face off against two legends Mysterio and Guerrero, in a match that many fans should go watch. A couple of months after this match, Mysterio would sign with WWE, and Eddie Guerrero would put on classic wrestling matches on the indie scene after being released by the WWE. This was a match early on in CM Punk’s wrestling career, and it was the match that allowed fans to see that he would be a future star.

4. CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan – Over The Limit 2012

CM Punk and Daniel Bryan are the two wrestlers that helped pave the way for Indie wrestlers to be signed by WWE. CM Punk and Daniel Bryan battled for the WWE Championship at Over the Limit 2012, putting on a classic match. This match showed WWE that the Ring of Honor style could be worked in the WWE and be successful.

3. CM Punk vs. John Cena – Money in the Bank 2011

At Money in the Bank 2011, WWE presented the fans with the perfect storyline for wrestling fans. CM Punk had cut his famous pipebomb calling WWE out and saying that he would leave with the WWE championship. This storyline was vital because it was based on real emotions. CM Punk was frustrated with his last five years in WWE. This was one of the best matches in the history of WWE based on the crowd reaction alone.

Punk and Cena always had good matches together, but what they could pull off on this night is still talked about to this day. Punk leaving winning and leaving with the WWE Championship could have been one of the biggest storylines in wrestling history, but WWE would mess the storyline up. This was WWE’s chance to have the forbidden door open way before another company came along and did it.

2. CM Punk vs. The Undertaker – WrestleMania 29

CM Punk never main eventing Wrestlemania will go down as one of the biggest letdowns from a company that has let their fans down many times. Even though CM Punk didn’t main event Wrestlemania 29, he did have the best match at the Pay-Per-View. The Undertaker and CM Punk put together an amazing match that was focused on Paul Bearer, who had recently passed away. CM Punk came close to being the guy to ending the Undertaker undefeated streak. This match was the highlight of Wrestlemania 29 because of both men’s efforts in this match.

1. CM Punk vs. Samoa Joe – ROH Joe vs. Punk II

Many wrestling fans have the Money In the Bank match as CM Punk’s most-watched match because of how important that match is to his career, BUT CM Punk and Samoa Joe put together a classic series of matches in ROH. Joe was in the middle of his record-setting reign as ROH World champion when this match took place, which made the match even more special because fans were interested in seeing who would be the one to beat Joe. The first match went to an hour’s draw, then Joe Vs. Punk II topped the classic performance of the first one. Samoa Joe was CM Punk’s greatest opponent because they would go to the ring and put on wrestling clinics every time they would wrestle.